Summer and Christmas bonus

Staff are paid fourteen times a year, with the 13th and 14th bonus salaries being paid in the Summer and at Christmas.

Healthcare insurance

Austrian hospitals are world class and same-day non-emgerency doctor visits are the norm in Austria. Every employee is covered by Austrian health insurance from their first day of employment. The ecard (social insurance card) will be sent to the address where you are registered at in Austria. This will immediately allow you to see doctors and specialists (including dental) in Austria without paying anything. It is recommended to carry it with you all times.

Maternity leave

Employees are protected by the State of Austria and prohibited from working eight weeks prior to birth and eight weeks after. During this period they remain employed with the college and receive a maternity allowance calculated on a case-by-case basis according to their salary. Additionally they will receive an extra amount for benefits such as vacation and Christmas bonuses.


Parental leave after the maternity leave period as determined by the State of Austria (see 'Maternity leave') is covered by your healthcare insurance provider. Childcare payments will be paid according to your chosen leave period and model of payment (either flat rate model or income-based model). Nearly every town has a government-funded nursey and Kindergarten for pre-school aged children. Austria has some of the best childcare infastructure in the world. Financial support also exists for children up to the age of 27, families are provided with Familienbeihilfe (which is not means-tested) and amounts to €200-400 per month per child.


Every person employed in Austria is entitled to a pension. The entitlement varies depending on previous experience, salary and any previous employment in Austria. Insurance pensions below one year will be added to the pension insurance periods obtained in your own country. If an employee moves back to their home country, it is possible to transfer pension and social security contributions to the scheme in their home country.

Unemployment insurance

Austria provides unemployment insurance through the Public Employment Service (AMS). There are specific qualifying conditions for the individual benefits: applicants must be unemployed, able and willing to work and have previously been in dependent contributory employment for a specified minimum duration. Applicants who fulfil these requirements are legally entitled to benefits.

Disability insurance

Staff are covered by accidental death and dismemberment insurance, a policy that pays benefits to the beneficiary if the cause of death is an accident or the person is permanently disabled while at work.

Quality of life in Austria

Austria as a country and Vienna as a city are constantly rated two of the best places to live in the world. Public cleanliness and security, subjective well-being and welfare as well as environmental quality are among the best. Quite a few of our former students have decided to stay in Austria permanently. There are many reasons why Austria has the best quality of life in the European Union and that Vienna was named world's top city for quality of life. We suggest that you Explore Austria and the College's surroundings.